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because of the region's fij troubles. but the auto market in russia is in high gear. new vehicle sales last year topped 2.9 million units, closing the gap with the largest european market, germany. people from vladivostok, who work in the industry, have long lived in the shadow of those from moscow. but now they're taking a turn in the spotlight. nhk world's anastasia strebkova reports. >> reporter: in vladivostok about 90% of the vehicles on the road are foreign brand name cars including japanese. several vehicles used to dominate the market, fwhu cars have been outnumbering used autos in recent years. a japanese affiliate handles car sales of toyota motor in vladivostok. it is projected a jump in sales, so the dealership renovated its showroom. it achieved its sales target last year, 2,000 units for the first time. >> translator: everything about japanese cars is good. they are comfortable and economical. if you want to buy a car, i recommend a japanese one. >> reporter: sports utility vehicles are big sellers. they're useful on the icy roads that are common in russia's far east. veh
japan and russia are trying to resolve the things that divide them. they found common ground in an area of mutual concern. they met in moscow for the japan-russia strategic dialogue. the scope of the discussion went well beyond their two countries. japan's vice foreign minister met with the deputy foreign minister. the diplomats agreed to work together to encourage the north koreans to exercise self-restraint. japanese prime minister shinzo abe plans to visit russia some time this year. saying russian officials, too, want to nurture the relationship. the two sides acknowledged they have fundamental differences over russian-held islands which are claimed by japan. but they've agreed to work toward resolving territorial and other disputes. their own to clarify the official on the northern claims. they want to be understood in and outside the country. japan is caught up over the senkaku islands. right now teams from the foreign min tri, the cabinet office and the cabinet handle those files. they will expand the cabinet team to coordinate responses. >>> the crews of chinese ships are gettin
administration to have the dispute solved in a peaceful manner. prime minister abe is planning to visit russia before the end of the year to meet with the president. when he does another dispute, another issue will be on the agenda. russia control tgs islands and japan claims them. >> translator: this is an important year to build a new relationship. i hope it paves the way for abe's visit. >> mori delivered a letter from abe. putin said he, too, hoped for better things ahead. >> translator: i'm looking forward to meeting with prime minister abe. i hope it will lead to improved relations. >> mori and putin discussed a statement issued in 2001 when mori was prime minister. the statement reaffirmed the validity of the 1956 japan soviet joint declaration. the declaration states that russia will return two of the disputed islands to japan after a peace treaty is signed. officials never signed the treaty. still, mori and putin agreed they can't ignore the statement. putin says it's abnormal that the countries have no peace treaty. mori says japanese and russian leaders need to resolve the territori
with russia. four islands off northern japan are held by the russians and claimed by the japanese. mori says he wants leaders to find a mutually acceptable situation. mori is abe's special enjoy to russia. he held talks with president putin, then spoke at a university in moscow. >> translator: if all four islands were returned, japan would be the winner. if both sides agreed to maintain the status quo, russia would be the winner. but such solutions would lead to lingering resentment on both sides. >> mori said exploring an acceptable solution will be the core of political negotiations and he said he wants prime minister abe to visit moscow as soon as possible for the first official summit in ten years. >>> a sporting hero on trial for allegedly murdering his girlfriend is free again. at least for the time being. a magistrate in south africa granted bail to paralympic gold medalist, oscar court officials accepted his claim that he shot his girlfriend by mistake and said they didn't think he'd flee. he was arrested last week at his home. they found his girlfriend dead there with gun shot wound
taro aso to talk with the president. he sent president mori to russia last week to begin longstanding talks with russia. abe will meet later this year with vladimir putin to discuss the territories which are controlled by russia and claimed by japan. abe and obama agreed to cooperate on another source of concern. they said they'll work through the u.n. secretary council on tougher sanctions in north korea. they have urged leaders in pyongyang to stop the provocation, however, those leaders have already signalled their intentions to defy those warnings. president obama indulged the japan-u.s. alliance the central foundation for allegiance security. abe agreed it worked to their mutual benefit. >>> china's leaders were paying close attention to abe's visit, and they didn't like what they heard. a government spokesperson took issue with another statement on ownership of the senkaku islands. >> translator: no matter what excuses are made, japan can't change the fact that it illegally occupies chinese territory. >> they will urge china's leaders to address the issue correctly. she said the
are urging the north koreans not to follow through. some from japan and russia are scheduled to meet next week to coordinate their efforts. diplomats are finalizing arrangements for a visit to russia by japanese prime minister shinzo abe. russian politicians have some influence with their counterparts in north korea. the diplomats are expected to explore ways to dissuade leaders in pyongyang to carry out what would be a third nuclear test. they're also expected to discuss a dispute over islands off japan's northernmost prefecture, halkido. the japanese are expected to restake their claims to the four island and discuss a peace treaty. >>> two trains have collided in south africa. at least 150 people were hurt, >>> the treasury department needs to be able to pay their bills. they have to have enough money to operate otherwise they face a possible default. the bill was passed on thursday. the u.s. government needed to pass the bill. that's because the debt already reached a ceiling of $16.4 trillion set by law. the bill is putting pressure on both chambers of commerce by mid-april. republic
. >>> troops in central russia have found a crater following reports that a meteor came crashing down to earth. residents saw something streak through the sky, heard explosions and watched as windows shattered. flying glass injured hundreds of people. video shows a bright burning object streaking across the sky on friday in the chelyabinsk region. that's 1,500 kilometers east of moscow. the object left a trail of smoke. people heard a series of explosions. officials say the object's impact shattered windows, and they say flying glass hurt about 500 people including 30 children. the officials say it damaged at least 300 buildings including a zinc factory in the main city, chelyabinsk. mobile phone networks went down for a while. schoolteachers canceled classes for the day. troops searched for debris from the meteor. they found a whole 8 meters in diameter in a frozen lake 70 kilometers west of chelyabinsk, and they found a crater nearby. some reports say say people have found at least three objects that appear to be part of the meteor within 100 kilometers of chelyabinsk. >> translator: a small
inauguration was postponed due to his condition. >>> scientists in central russia say they've found fragments of a meteorite that exploded in the sky. the shockwaves damaged more than 4,000 buildings. officials found a hole in a frozen lake and discovered fragments of rock nearby. an expert from the russian academy of science told a news agency the fragments came from the meteorite. >>> workers are replacing shattered windows. local glass producers can't keep up with demand. government officials are helping find supplies in neighboring regions. temperatures can drop below minus 15 degrees celsius. teachers at some schools have canceled their classes till the windows are fixed. >>> two russian pilots had a close shave when the meteorite exploded near their plane. they spoke on sunday to a russian broadcaster. >> translator: i saw a glittering fireball. as we were coming in for landing. i thought later how lucky we were that the meteorite didn't hit our plane. >> the meteor crossed in front of his plane, then came a huge blast. the captain said the plane already had its landing gear down, makin
her application. she says she will not give up. >> translator: i want russia to be truly free and democratic. i hope watching our broadcast will encourage people to work for a better society. >> reporter: with little income from advertisers, they are still not turning a profit, but are determined to keep going. she says freedom of speech is at stake. nhk world, moscow. >>> now students from the south pacific have traveled to northeastern japan to learn how to better prepare for natural disasters. they met with survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in march 2011. 18 students from the island of nauru visited students on the island of miyagi. this tsunami survivor took them to see a 2,400-meter long breakwater. she told them how the concrete structure was supposed to protect coastal neighborhoods, but the waves surged over it and swamped homes and businesses. >> translator: elderly people ran for their lives at that moment. >> she said seniors were thankful the tsunami escape route had handrails. she urged the group to always be ready for natural disasters in order to save live
towards uranium that's weapons grade. representatives of six countries including the u.s. and russia are expected to resume talks with iranian officials later this month. those negotiations have been stalled for eight months. >>> pope benedict xvi has made his first appearance since announcing he will resign. thousands of faithful welcomed the 85-year-old has he entered saint peter basilica. he will be the first to resign in nearly 600 years. he'll give his final audience on february 27th, one die before he steps down. they're preparing to hold a conclave in mid-march. >>> a section of roof at the chernobyl nuclear complex has collapsed, prompting workers to evacuate. ukrainian authorities say no one was injured. and they say there were no leaks of radiation. officials say a 600 square-meter section partially covered the turbine hall. workers built it after the nuclear disaster in 1986. it gave way under the weight of heavy snow. contractors are building a new protective structure to cover the number 4 reactor, about 150 meters away. foremen for a french construction company pulled o
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